The CEESM Commercial Kitchens Initiative was launched in 2005 to support clear and credible marketplace definitions of highly efficient energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation equipment. Through this Initiative, CEE has maintains specifications for nine commercial kitchen equipment categories. Since 2005, member programs, ENERGY STAR,® and federal minimum standards have worked in concert to advance the market for high efficiency commercial kitchen equipment.

Given the evolution of minimum codes and standards, ENERGY STAR's contined support of high efficiency refrigerators and freezers, and Consortium support for ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen products, CEE retired its specification for commercial refrigerators and freezers as of March 27, 2017 in order to focus on other opportunities to advance energy savings in commercial foodservice and to support the goals of the Initiative. CEE plans continued monitoring of this equipment category and working with commercial refrigeration industry partners to identify future opportunities to further differentiate this market and advance the availability of highly efficient commercial refrigerators and freezers.

You may still access the retired specification or qualifying products lists released in 2016:

CEE members are encouraged to reference the ENERGY STAR commercial refrigerators and freezers specification and qualifying products list. Interested stakeholders can use to continue to identify highly efficient equipment.